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6.21.2006

Two Piece of News Today

- I see that the Ritz Carlton will build a second condo project in Uptown with condos priced from $700,000 to $8 million. (DMN p. 1D) - The Republican controlled Senate today rejected an attempt by Democrats to raise the minimum wage. It will remain fixed at $5.15 an hour as it has been since 1997. So now people can clean $8 million condos for $5.15 an hour. Incredible.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yeah, same old story...the rich keep getting richer, while the poor keep getting poorer. How can anyone make it on $5.15 and hour? Inflation rises and for almost ten years...no increase in minimum wage. Utterly ridiculous and a government that is completely out of touch with the common man. Makes me sick.

Anonymous said...

How is manufacturing suppose to compete with Asia imports when you raise our minimum wage to over $7 per hour for a job that is only worth $5.25. Maybe we can open up the borders and let people that will appreciate the job an opportunity !!!

Anonymous said...

I don't know what difference it makes. Does anybody, other than illegals,really work for 5.15 per hour? I think we all realize that they don't so what difference does it make. If someone is stupid enough to work for those wages, then that's what they deserve to make. Heck, Wal-Mart and McDonalds pays more than that. If someone really wants a job making more than 5.15 per hour, and they don't have a huge criminal history, they can go to work. The problem is that most people don't want to work so they use the 5.15 for an excuse. I say we get people off their lazy asses and off of welfare and pay them 5.15 an hour to pick up trash along the highways, city parks and grave yards. The problem is that most liberals want to keep providing benefits to these people that are too lazy to get out and get a job.

Anonymous said...

Who is forced to accept $5.15 per hour?

Anonymous said...

I certainly can't find help for 5.15, , you will be lucky if can find help for 10.00, where are all the people who are out of work?

Sam said...

I get so tired of the minimum wage argument. The previous posters are correct. I started at minimum wage when I was in high school just like most people. By the time I was out of high school I was being trained for management with the same company. Ten years later I'm making 65K and still work for the same company, they even paid for part of my college. If you are willing to work hard and have half a brain you won't stay at minimum. People just don't want to work.

Anonymous said...

Why is it the government's responsiblity to intervene in what someone pays their employees anyway?

If you don't want to work for $5.25 either don't do it or do something about it.(like get training)

Ever tried to find a kid to cut your grass or a handy man (person for you demos)? They don't want to work for a rate that is much higher than the minimum.

Typical class warfare ploy by you demos. If you feel so bad cut your hourly rate to $5.25 an hour Barry. If you do you probably won't be able to afford one of those condos though.

Anonymous said...

Did anyone notice that Congress just passed another pay raise for themselves? And everyone know they don't run for office for the pay. They all leave Congress and take lobbying jobs at 10 time their elected pay. So why do they raise their own pay repeatedly? 'Cause thay can and the voters let them get away with it. Stupid.

Anonymous said...

But the Republican controlled congress will pass more tax breaks for Paris Hilton.

Anonymous said...

With the exception of the 1:33, you people are clueless about the real world and jobs out there for real people - especially the lower economic group or poorly educated. It also depends on where in the US you work and if there are jobs available. Not everyone's parents own land, homes, or any other assets to help their children become independent. Where in America could a family live on $600/mo (which is minimum wage after taxes) to pay for rent, utilities, car, gas, food, clothing, insurance, etc. not to mention furniture and other things that come into play.

Has anyone noticed how many people are moving to Texas for jobs or at the very least - better paying jobs.

m&m said...

Why should the government dictate what an employer pays their employees? Keep big brother out of the picture and let the job market determine wages. The higher the demand, the higher the wages will be and the lower the demand the lower the wages will be. Keep government out.

Anonymous said...

5:06 is clueless. All you have to do to make more than minimum wage is to try. And trying, by the way, includes NOT doing things that put you in a position where a minimum wage job is all you can get. In other words, how many babies does a dropout need to have before their 20th birthday until they get a clue that it's kind of hard to get a good job unless they do something about it?

Anonymous said...

Barry...they just don't get it. Probably never will...so sad.

Anonymous said...

Rather arrogant response, 8:21 p.m. You try to look "so intelligent"--without saying ANYTHING! All we know about YOUR grasp of the situation is that you are able to write--"Barry...they just don't get it. Probably never will...so sad." Pretty vacant response. What makes a good citizen in this country is--you don't NOT WORK if you are able to work. The people who say "I'd rather not work than make minimum wage" make me sick. Even if circumstances have made you "down and out" through no fault of your own (barring a disabling injury or sickness), GET TO WORK even if its minimum wage! Then, while you are working, look around for ways to better yourself. A prominent black preacher on TV recently had a sermon about people who want to walk in and "be the boss" immediately, like at a McDonald's. He went on to describe how you ought to be willing to do EVERY job there is to do at a McDonald's, and then you end up being able to manage one better than someone who "fast-tracked" their way to management by attending "schools", because you actually KNOW everything there is to do in running a McDonald's!! The sermon sure hit home about all the people in our society who think they "deserve" the "right" to be in a position of authority (with the higher pay) in jobs, when it is really something you have to EARN. Come to think of it, a lot of our society's ills would be solved if we would spend LESS time with our minds set on the concept of "RIGHTS" and MORE time with our minds set on the concepts of "EARNING" and "DUTY".

Anonymous said...

hah...
I don't see what's so hard about this? I started at minimum wage, worked my tail off until I was a manager where I made some more. Went to college..paid for it myself, now I've got a job where I make $50g a year and i'm a whole 25 years old. I'm not super intelligent or talented, I come from a family that was included in that "poverty" bracket. It's amazing what happens when people work for raises rather than expecting the government to give it to them.